“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” Colossians 3:23
As a mom, I know that one way that I can bless my children and help prepare them for the future is to teach them responsibility. It is also important to help them learn to have joy in that responsibility. From making the bed to cleaning the bathroom, we should be thankful for those provisions and abilities.
At times managing the teaching and distribution of responsibilities causes me some difficulty. My older ones are very well trained. My two oldest can manage this home; from handling laundry to cooking a full meal, they know what to do. Give them a fussy baby? Before you know it, he will be asleep. At this very moment, my son is mowing the grass.
What is my difficulty? Remembering to pass down the responsibility. My older ones handle things so well, it is easy for me to let them keep cooking breakfast or mopping the floor. However, I have a few kiddos in the ranks that are ready for more responsibility. I must be diligent to pass the responsibility on!
No time like the present, right? When I was dealing with a cranky toddler, I felt that we really needed a special snack. I was a second away from calling one of my older two girls to come whip up some cookies. I wouldn’t be needed at all and they don’t mind baking. Thankfully the Lord reminded me that Lydia (9) and Hannah (7) could handle the task of a simple cookie with just a bit of guidance.
They jumped at the chance to work in the kitchen. I gave them a simple peanut butter cookie recipe. Three ingredients. Straight forward and simple. They donned their aprons, read over the recipe to make sure they understood and went to work. Lydia and Hannah took this responsibility seriously and were very diligent to clean as they worked and even let a little one help.
I did provide a bit of assistance in removing the cookies from the oven but other than snapping a picture now and then, they did it all on their own. The neat thing? They are ready for more. Cookies, always; but also responsibility. When it was time for dinner the next night, Lydia was in the kitchen ready and willing to help. We worked together to put together a simple meal. Not only did we get work accomplished but we had a great time of chatting.
Passing down responsibility…..I must be more diligent to this task. This week I am sitting down and updating our responsibility assignments so that I am not ignoring the potential and readiness in my younger ones. Young and little does not mean incapable or unable.
How do you decide who has which responsibilities in your home?